Pray: It is astounding that the omniscient and omnipotent Lord and Creator of the universe wants and asks his people to pray. Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”  James wrote, “You do not have because you do not ask.”  Why does God repeatedly remind us to pray? Martin Luther once said:
“He knows that we are timid and shy, that we feel unworthy and unfit to present our needs to God. We feel the needs, but we cannot express them. We think that God is so great and we are so tiny that we do not dare to pray … That is why Christ wants to lure us away from such timid thoughts, to remove our doubts, and to have us go ahead confidently and boldly. Though I am unworthy, I am still his creature; and since he has made me worthy of being his creature, I am also worthy of receiving what he has promised and so generously offered to me. In other words, if I am unworthy, he and his promise are not unworthy. You can venture this vigorously and trustfully, you can put it in his lap joyfully and confidently.” 
How: How then do we pray? Paul writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”  First, we pray “in everything”—that is, we stay in a mindset of prayer, not just in crises. Second, we pray by “supplication”—that is, by asking for help. Third, we pray “with thanksgiving”—that is, we make requests with contended hearts that thank God for whatever he chooses to wisely and lovingly give us. What is the result of this type of prayer? Paul continued, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 
Prayer: Lord, We care about having your peace in our hearts and minds because we struggle with anxiety. Since your peace comes through our prayer, awaken our love for you so that we want to commune with you “in everything” by “supplication” and “with thanksgiving.” Let it not be said of us, “You do not have because you do not ask.” Amen.
M’Cheyne Weekend Readings
 Matthew 7:7 ESV |  James 4:2 ESV |  The Sermon on the Mount, trans. Jaroslave Pelikan, Vol. 21 of Luther’s Works [Concordia, 1956], p. 234. |  Philippians 4:6 ESV |  See 1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 6:9 |  Philippians 4:7 ESV